16 days in Clermont-Ferrand, Le Puy-en-Velay & Saint-Etienne Itinerary

16 days in Clermont-Ferrand, Le Puy-en-Velay & Saint-Etienne Itinerary

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Fly to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Drive to Clermont-Ferrand
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 5 nights
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Saint-Etienne
— 4 nights
Drive to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Clermont-Ferrand

— 4 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port and Statue equestre de Vercingetorix. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascade de Vaucoux (in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise), Saint-Nectaire (Eglise de Saint-Nectaire & Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy) and Notre-Dame d'Orcival (in Orcival). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Le Puy du Pariou, stroll around Parc Montjuzet, stroll through Grandes Cascades du Mont Dore, and look for gifts at Clermont Auvergne Tourisme - Bureau de Clermont-Ferrand.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 35.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Clermont-Ferrand is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect nights in Clermont-Ferrand to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Le Puy-en-Velay

— 5 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay and Musee Crozatier. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Puy-en-Velay: Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude (in Brioude), Tonic Aventure (in Langeac) and Abbaye de la Chaise-Dieu (in La Chaise-Dieu).

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay trip planning app.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Le Puy-en-Velay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Etienne.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

Saint-Etienne

— 4 nights
Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stade Geoffroy Guichard and Musee des Verts. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Etienne side-trips: Parc thermal (in Montrond-les-Bains) and Atelier-Musee Du Chapeau (in Chazelles-sur-Lyon). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Planetarium de Saint-Etienne, examine the collection at Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, admire the landmark architecture of L'hotel des Ingenieurs, and don't miss a visit to La Martre de France.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Etienne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Etienne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Saint-Etienne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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